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Ninnaji Temple

With picturesque blossom gardens and a golden hall considered a national treasure, this temple is a historic monument devoted to bliss and tranquility.

The Ninnaji Temple is the head temple of the Omuro School, a sect of Buddhism. As such, it leads the way in traditional Japanese design. Its highlights include a five-story pagoda, a golden hall and an orchard of dwarf cherry trees. Inside the temple, which was built in the year 888, painted screen walls and ancient artifacts are featured. The shrine’s breathtaking garden is typically ornate, with elaborate walls and a vibrant environment. This World Heritage Site is a great spot for an off-the-beaten-track discovery.

Amble through Shinden’s North Garden for a slice of nature. Green trees with occasional drops of autumnal color sit around a charming pond. Visit the temple in April, cherry blossom season, to make the most of its famous Omuro cherry trees. Enjoy the peacefulness found in Shinden’s South Garden with its perfectly raked sand and pebbles. Take photos of the five-story pagoda with the Zen gardens in the foreground. A wooden bridge connects each part of the structure.

Explore the Goten building where the head priest once lived. It is in the style of an imperial palace with painted sliding doors. Enjoy the golden hall for its extravagance. Sleep over at the Omuro Kaikan Hall and attend the morning service with monks. The guest rooms are typically Japanese with tatami mats.

The temple dates back over a millennium to the 9th century, when it served as a home to an imperial family. Fire partially destroyed the structure, but it was rebuilt in the 17th century. It is now part of the Omuro sect of Shingon Buddhism. It is open year-round, and there is a charge to enter the Treasury Hall and the cherry blossom area.

The Ninnaji Temple is located in the northwest of Kyoto. The Ryoan-ji Temple and the Golden Pavilion are nearby. You can get a bus or train from the JR Kyoto Station to the temple, a trip which should take around a half hour.


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LeBlanc Pension Utano

LeBlanc Pension Utano

110-5 narutakihonmachi, Ukyo ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
    2.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Ukyo Ward, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Ryōan-ji and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijō Castle are also within 6 ...

    Kyoto Utano Youth Hostel

    Kyoto Utano Youth Hostel

      2.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Ukyo Ward, this hostel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Ninnaji Temple, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ryōan-ji and Bamboo Forest Street. Tenryuji Temple and Togetsukyo ...

      Kyoto Utano Youth HostelAU$118

      Ryokan Yamazaki

      Ryokan Yamazaki

      11 Takahana-cho Umegahata Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Ukyo Ward, this ryokan is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Ryōan-ji and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Togetsukyo Bridge. Nijō Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within ...

        Ryokan YamazakiAU$167

        Japanese Style Large With bus Toilet 1 / Kyoto Kyoto

        Japanese Style Large With bus Toilet 1 / Kyoto Kyoto

        Ukyo-ku Takahanacho Umegahata 11, Kyoto, Kyoto (prefecture)
           
           

          Located in Ukyo Ward, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Ninnaji Temple and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Shunkoin Temple and Ryōan-ji are also ...

          Japanese Style Large With bus Toilet 1 / Kyoto KyotoAU$822

          Japanese Style Middle Bathroom With to / Kyoto Kyoto

          Japanese Style Middle Bathroom With to / Kyoto Kyoto

          Ukyo-ku Takahanacho Umegahata 11, Kyoto, Kyoto (prefecture)
             
             

            Located in Ukyo Ward, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Ninnaji Temple and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Shunkoin Temple and Ryōan-ji are also ...

            Japanese Style Middle Bathroom With to / Kyoto KyotoAU$677

            Japanese Style Small 8 Tatami With Bat / Kyoto Kyoto

            Japanese Style Small 8 Tatami With Bat / Kyoto Kyoto

            Ukyo-ku Takahanacho Umegahata 11, Kyoto, Kyoto (prefecture)
               
               

              Located in Ukyo Ward, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Ninnaji Temple and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Shunkoin Temple and Ryōan-ji are also ...

              Japanese Style Small 8 Tatami With Bat / Kyoto KyotoAU$677

              ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

              ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Central Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nijō Castle and Shijo Omiya. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 1 mile ...

                ANA Crowne Plaza KyotoAU$143

                JAPANING HOTEL Kitanohakubaicho

                JAPANING HOTEL Kitanohakubaicho

                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Kita Ward, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kitano Tenmangū, Ryōan-ji and Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijō Castle are also ...

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